How Cold Should My Refrigerator Be?

By Jessica Bivins, January 31, 2017, Family, Home Improvement

It’s hard to think of a more useful invention than the refrigerator. Could you really imagine not having one?

But sometimes refrigerators work too well – or not at all.

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Picture the following scenario. One morning you wake up and take the eggs out to make an omelet. But when you crack one open, you find that it’s frozen! You then turn up the fridge temperature a bit so your refrigerated items don’t freeze. But, a few days later, you feel a bit sick – and it could be because you made the temperature too warm in your refrigerator and the cream you poured into your morning coffee had gone bad.

Frustrating, isn’t it? If there really is an ideal temperature for your refrigerator, why are there so many temperature settings?

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Technically, there isn’t exactly an “ideal” temperature; rather, there’s an ideal temperature range, and it’s between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit (1.67 to 3.33 degrees Celsius). Basically, 32°F (0°C) is freezing, and anything over 40°F (4.44°C) creates an unsafe environment for storing your food.

Now, setting your refrigerator at one temperature doesn’t mean it will stay there. Temperatures fluctuate near the cooling vents, so items placed near these are more likely to freeze. In addition, opening and closing the door – or placing a container full of hot leftovers inside – can cause the temperature to climb.

The best plan of action is to keep your refrigerator at 37°F (2.78°C). To sum it all up, as a way to account for the temperature fluctuations, 37°F (2.78°C) is the optimal temperature at which to keep your refrigerator.

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